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Figurehead of the Janet Hay
JH 1 large
basic info
FigID
F0314
InstID
SEA7375
Figurehead type
Figurehead
Title
Figurehead of the Janet Hay
Vessel name
Janet Hay (and later also the Columbine).
Type (Naval/Merchant)
Merchant
Copyright owner
© Shetland Museum
Copyright notes
Photo: © Shetland Museum
Current location
Shetland Museum
Location date
physical info
Description
Female bust, reputedly a portrait of a woman of the Hay family.
Maker
Unknown
Date made
Unknown
Place made
Unknown
Size
H85 x W50 cms
Materials
Wood
Object history
Vessel history
The figurehead was carved in Hay's building yard at Freefield for their topsail schooner 'Janet Hay', built there and launched in 1839. The 'Janet Hay' traveled widely, even visiting Scutari in the Black Sea with a cargo of army stores during the Crimean war. She also fished cod in the Davis Strait for a time. The vessel was broken up in 1880 at Freefield by some of the same men who built her, after which the figurehead was placed on another of Hay's schooners, the 'Columbine' where it remained for the rest of her career.
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Ownership info
Owner type
Public Institution
Owner name
Shetland Museum
Contact details
Shetland Museum, Hay's Dock, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0WP
Ownership can be cited online
Yes
Accessible to public
Yes
Data verified by owner
Yes
Date verified